Seed Stitch

Also known as: Rice grain stitch

This stitch uses simple straight stitches in a single direction to fill in patterns. Visually, it is more or less like the darning stitch, but there is a slight difference: It has shorter stitches above the fabric and longer stitches on the reverse side. They remind of strawberry seeds, probably, which inspired its name.

Often seed stitch is confused with the seeding stitch due to the similarity in its nature and name.

I am going to work inside a leaf-like pattern to demonstrate this stitch and its use. Seed stitch adds texture to the fabric while adding strength to it.

Fig 1: Make rows of short running stitch as illustrated. You need not do row after row, as long as the strawberry seed pattern is more or less maintained. Fig 2: Try not bend with the curves of the pattern. The rows of running stitch should essentially be done in straight lines.
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18 Responses

  1. When you see this you feel that is easy but for me is really hard to do it by the way

  2. Jane Canada Google Chrome Windows says:

    First of all, I love your site… it’s a lot of work to put together a project like this.

    There is another stitch that is called “seed stitch”. It is two short back stitches worked beside each other, giving a small round dot. It was often used as a ground stitch in blackwork and jacobean embroidery, instead of knots. The effect would be similar to your seed stitch from any distance.

    It would not be surprising that different traditions ended up giving the same name to a stitch that gave a similar effect. When it was done randomly (like the rice stitch) is was sometimes called “speckling stitch”, too.

    So many stitches, so little time 🙂

  3. Gayathri Opera Mini Unknow Os says:

    how to do crow foot stitch and what is over casting stitch??

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